Checks & Love Letters
Bernice Lewis has been a national touring artist for three decades. Her performing resume includes almost every grassroots and established venue in the U.S,, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center, Uncle Calvin’s, etc. She’s been performing at house concerts since the very beginning of her career, and finds them to be the most satisfying environment for connecting with audiences and sharing her gifts.
She is a Singer/Songwriter, a published poet, a producer and recording artist with six albums to her credit, and an educator extraordinaire. She has worked with Dar Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, Guy van Duser, Peter. Paul, and Mary, Dixie Chicks, Christine Lavin, Patty Griffin, Patty Larkin...the list is endless. For five summers, she was Campus Bard at the The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. She has also taught and performed at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Esalen Institute. In 2009, she was awarded an Artist in Residence position by the National Park Service. She is a Research Associate of Music at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she currently teaches songwriting and Performing. She also teaches at Colorado College, as well as at schools, song camps, and retreat centers. Her writings and recordings will be archived in the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She’s had a thirty-year daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon.
"For me, it's about the songs, each different, each a well thought out message, each a labor of love," says Bernice Lewis. Her newest CD, She Undoes, (2006) was Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy Award winner Charlie Chadwick (Suzi Bogguss, John Carter Cash, Kathy Mattea). It features a duet with fellow singer songwriter Cliff Eberhardt and a jazzy a cappella version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” in additon to a collection of originals.
Religion and Release (2000) features guest appearances by some of folk music's finest performers: Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, Brooks Williams, Alisa Fineman, and Jennifer Kimball. Seth Rogovoy, Berkshire Living’s Editor, proclaimed "not a bad note on it!" FAI2011